I stand corrected!
This is a bit of a hyperbole, right? The officers, had they any respect for individuals' rights, would have showed the two men the penal code and respectfully asked them to remove their signs (which they likely would have done). Then the tax payer wouldn't have had to pay for five cops to show up, take the time to file paperwork associated with their arrest, the time to prosecute them, and the time to punish them.
Instead the police officers intentionally cited the mask code incorrectly, unlawfully detained them for failure to produce ID, and failed to inform the men that hanging signs from state property was unlawful. Nobody wins from the result aside from the cops who asserted their authority and showed that contempt of cop is still an arrestable offense.
Thanks Decoligny, Ryanburbridge, and Bigtoe:
Thanks for clarifying this situation.
What is the penalty for hanging a sign from a public place or overpass? Is it a citation or can LEO arrest someone? Again, I don't know the law.
I am now thinking that we have another rogue copper who arrests a person first and then tries to find a PC section to hang the person with.
Benjamin and his brother may have a 42 USC 1983 lawsuit. I hope they persue this and put forth a motion to lift qualified immunity protection from the LEO.
First impressions are usually wrong; and most of us assume that LEO is here to protect and serve the law-abiding. More and more I learn that LEO is rogue and contemptable.
This last weekend, I spoke with an on-duty Placer County Deputy Sherriff. He was at the China Wall snow machine parking lot on Forest Hill Divide Road. I was searching for a good spot to plink. I told him that I had first stopped at the Forest Service Ranger station to ask for a good plinking spot, but it was closed. The Deputy Sherrif first gave me the usuall speal about being 150 yards from buildings, campsites, parking lots, and the like. He then told me that I had to be 150 yards from any road.
I stopped him and asked what Placer County ordinance makes that last point law. He could not answer. He stated that the Forest service rule does not have a prohibition of 150 yards from a road or body or water. He then said that he follows the "knuckle-head" rule. If a person is acting like a knuckle-head with guns he stops them. If they are acting responsibly, he does not care if the gun is loaded while on a road or not. (conversation paraphrased).
I repied that he needs RAS to stop somebody. He nodded.
The Deputy tried to put forth false information to me (He either miss-spoke or intentionally miss-quoted the law, I don't know which).
He also told me where a good plinking spot was. I went there and had a good time.